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    the invisible/dopped/pins of fire

    Dear teachers,

    There are two brief excerpt from the Joseph Conrad’s “The Idiots” where I noted a few interesting metaphors:

    The sea-winds coming ashore on Stonecutter's point, fresh from the fierce turmoil of the waves, howled violently at the unmoved heaps of black bouldersholding up steadily short-armed, high crosses against the tremendous rush of the invisible.
    The darkness came from the hills, flowed over the coast, put out the red fires of sunset, and went on to seaward pursuing the retiringtide. The wind dropped with the sun, leaving a maddened sea and a devastated sky. The heavens above the house seemed to be draped inblack rags, held up here and there by pins of fire.
    Would you be kind enough to verify my interpretation of the words in bold?

    the invisible = the outher world

    drop (v) = become quiet, fade away

    pins of fire = lightnings, fire-balls

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.

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    Re: the invisible/dopped/pins of fire

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    There are two brief excerpt from the Joseph Conrad’s “The Idiots” where I noted a few interesting metaphors:

    The sea-winds coming ashore on Stonecutter's point, fresh from the fierce turmoil of the waves, howled violently at the unmoved heaps of black bouldersholding up steadily short-armed, high crosses against the tremendous rush of the invisible.
    The darkness came from the hills, flowed over the coast, put out the red fires of sunset, and went on to seaward pursuing the retiringtide. The wind dropped with the sun, leaving a maddened sea and a devastated sky. The heavens above the house seemed to be draped inblack rags, held up here and there by pins of fire.
    Would you be kind enough to verify my interpretation of the words in bold?

    the invisible = the outher world

    drop (v) = become quiet, fade away

    pins of fire = lightnings, fire-balls

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
    the invisible = the outher world
    No, I think it just means the invisible sea, since it's night time. Conrad likes to make the sea seem mystical.

    drop (v) = become quiet, fade away
    Yes, it's the strength of the wind that literally drops. That's what it means when the "wind drops".

    pins of fire = lightnings, fire-balls
    Um, stars?

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    Re: the invisible/dopped/pins of fire

    the invisible = the outher world The "invisible power of the wind" seems a likely interpretation.

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